What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018

Rob Pegoraro for Yahoo Finance: To judge from the cornucopia of connected household devices on display at CES 2018, there is no product that manufacturers deem unworthy of being graced with a processor, a cloud service, and a companion app.

Voice assistant integration is the top smart-home trend at CES

Peter Newman for Business Insider: One of the top trends sweeping the smart home market at this year's show has been the further integration of consumer connected devices with the leading voice-based artificial intelligence (AI) assistants.

This Robot Can Mix Drinks in Your Hotel Room

Michael Belfiore for Bloomberg: Makr Shakr's robotic arms pull cocktail ingredients selected via touchscreen or app from a network of bottles above the bar.

Honda Will Unveil 4 New Robots at This Year's CES

Shelby Rogers for Interesting Engineering: Each robot has its own functions, and all of them have names reminiscent of Star Wars droids.

MIVATEK TO CREATE JAPAN'S FIRST ALL-WIFI CONNECTED PROTECTION SYSTEM

Sha Maison Development Will Become "Self-Monitored, Smart Community"; System Will Increase Security, Safety, & Health of Residents in 700-Unit Housing Community

Recycled Mercedes Batteries Could Power Your House

Andrew Chesterton for The Motor Report: Mercedes-Benz is considering using old car batteries to power your house. The plan would see the German manufacturer rolling out a second-life program for its lithium-ion batteries to combat rival Tesla's Powerwall.

First Los Angeles Zero Net Energy Multifamily Affordable Housing Development Uses Solar Power

ProudGreen Building: "This project demonstrates how affordability and environmental sustainability can be achieved with effective coordination and a great team."

Solar powered smart windows break 11% efficiency

John Fitzgerald Weaver for Electrek: The smart window lowers building temperatures by shifting from clear to opaque under strong sunlight. When the shift to opaque occurs, the solar prototype begins electricity production.

SIA Launches Autonomous Security Robots Working Group

The group will bring together members of the security industry, end users, technology experts and other interested parties to promote best practices regarding the use of robots in security

40% of Black Friday Top 5 Sellers Are Amazon Products; 60% Are Smart Home Gadgets

John Koetsier for Forbes: Two of Black Friday's top five selling products are Amazon products. Three of them are smart home gadgets.

With 'material robotics,' intelligent products won't even look like robots

Oregon State University via Science Daily: "The point here with something like a self-adjusting shoe is it no longer resembles a robot -- that's kind of the direction of ubiquity we're imagining."

What We Can Learn From the Second Life of Google Glass

Thomas Hornigold for Singularity Hub: The difference here was the specific audience: workers in factories who need hands-free computing because they need to use their hands at the same time.

Robot companions are just what the doctor ordered

Abrar Al-Heeti for CNet: "We've done tests before with a screen or even the robot on a screen, and nobody cared," Deblieck said. "But from the moment the Zora solution came in, you saw people starting to move."

IRobot's Colin Angle on the Home Run of Robotics (It's Not A.I.)

Robert Buderi for Xconomy: "helping people stay in their home as they age and maintain the lifestyle advantages of living at home." And that means, he says, "We're going to need a lot of robots."

Consumers are holding off on buying smart-home gadgets thanks to security and privacy fears

Caroline Cakebread for Business Insider: Consumers are uneasy about being watched, listened to, or tracked by devices they place in their homes, consulting firm Deloitte found in a new survey it released Wednesday.

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